Ogun State government has suspended all non-sporting activities within the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Kuto in Abeokuta, with effect from next week.
The non-sporting activities within the complex, include hard drug trafficking and hawking of sex by teenage girls.
Secretary to the state government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, announced the suspension at the Governor’s Office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, after a meeting between the state government’s officials and operators of shops in the stadium.
At the meeting were an assistant commissioner of police in-charge of operations, Okon Okon and representatives of the Department of State Security.
Adeoluwa explained that the decision follows various reports from the stakeholders, including the police, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and other security agencies in the state, over the increasing activities of commercial sex workers and drug trafficking within the stadium.
Describing such activities as unacceptable, Adeoluwa said the suspension of all the non-sporting activities in the stadium is to bring sanity to the complex.
According to him, a joint task force, including the operators of shops in the stadium, officials of the state government, and security agencies will be constituted to address the challenges of prostitution and sale of drugs in the stadium, which according to him, are breeding criminals in the state.
Adeoluwa explained that the recommendations of the committee will determine if the shops in the stadium will be reopen.